Mount Lawley Practice

Dr Maxine Hawkins

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Dr Maxine Hawkins

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Dr Maxine Hawkins is the Principal Clinical Psychologist and Managing Director of Clear Health Psychology. Maxine is a highly experienced Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with adults and adolescents in the areas of depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, stress management, chronic illness, self-esteem, and trauma (including road accidents and WorkCover). She also has expert knowledge with patients considering bariatric surgery.

She uses her extensive clinical experience to assist in understanding complex presentations. Her strengths are in her formulation skills to determine effective and individualised plans to meet client's treatment goals. Maxine combines components from the modalities of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and psychodynamic approaches with clients.

Clinical experience and background

Dr Hawkins has 18 years’ experience working in Clinical Psychology. She has worked as a senior Clinical Psychologist across a number of hospitals in Melbourne and Perth in the areas of psycho-oncology, palliative care, cystic fibrosis, lung transplant, sleep disorders and chronic illness. She completed her doctorate at The University of Melbourne and moved to Perth in 2011. Dr Hawkins was the Clinical Director of Edith Cowan University Psychological Services Centre and Senior Lecturer. She lectured in the post-graduate clinical stream and provided clinical supervision in the clinical masters/doctoral programs. She has also worked as a Professional Officer for Psychology for the Australian Regulatory Health Agency assessing provisional psychologists and specialist title endorsements in WA. She now works full-time private practice.

Sunila Peterson

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Sunila Peterson

Psychologist 

Sunila Peterson is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and is a member of the Association of Counselling Psychologists (ACP).

Su is experienced in working with adults in the areas of anxiety and depression, grief and loss, self-esteem and confidence, pregnancy and parenting challenges (including pregnancy support counselling), workplace stress and challenges, life change and transitional challenges, cross cultural challenges, disabilities and health related challenges. Su enjoys working in partnership with clients using a person-centred, holistic, strengths based, and non-judgemental approach.

She has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Relaxation and Mindfulness practices; Solutions Focused Therapy (SFBT); Brief Psychodynamic Therapy; Mentalizing Based Therapy (MBT); and Existential Therapy.

Clinical experience and background

Su obtained her Masters of Psychology (Counselling) qualification through Curtin University of Technology and has accumulated diverse skills, knowledge, and capability from studying and working in the public and private sectors as a team leader, workforce development consultant, psychologist, and research associate and sessional academic. Su is an experienced researcher and has published in peer-reviewed journals in areas including: person-centred and self-directed care and recovery in mental health consumers; primary carers’ occupational adaptation and engagement; and the enablers and barriers of social inclusion for young adults with intellectual disability.

Poonam Morar

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Poonam Morar

Psychologist

Poonam Morar is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Poonam is experienced in working with adults and couples in the areas of anxiety, depression, complex trauma, post-natal depression, parenting issues, grief and loss, couples counselling, PTSD, sexual abuse, substance and/or alcohol abuse, stress management and anger management. Poonam believes in providing a holistic approach to a client’s well-being. She provides her clients the necessary skills and support until they become self-sufficient.

She has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including Gottman’s Therapy (for couples), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (for anxiety, trauma, PTSD, grief), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Act Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and many more.

Clinical experience and background

Poonam obtained her Psychology qualification through Curtin University of Technology and has worked over several years in government organisations and private practice using an evidenced based, client centred approach. She has worked with corrective services as a Registered Psychologist running group programs, assessment and counselling services. Poonam believes every client is different and tailors her approach to that which best suits the client’s needs. She believes in providing a safe therapeutic environment where clients are able to express their concerns without fear of judgement. Poonam helps clients understand their triggers, create self-awareness and provide them with skills to improve their wellbeing. Poonam is fluent in both English and Gujarati.

Karina Annear

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Karina Annear

Clinical Psychologist

Karina is a registered Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australian Clinical Psychologists Association (ACPA).

Karina is experienced with treating adolescents and adults of all ages, including older adults. Karina’s therapeutic style is client-led, holistic and compassionate.  She believes in treating the whole person; understanding and appreciating the complexity of humans, their relationships, personality structure, and the impact of life events.  

Karina uses an evidence-based, integrated approach to therapy.  She has completed training in psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT).  Karina believes in the role of the ‘therapeutic alliance’ in healing, and works with clients to relieve present symptoms of distress as well as helping clients gain insight into patterns of behaviour and how these develop.

Clinical Experience and Background

Karina completed her Honours and Masters Degree in Applied Clinical Psychology at Murdoch University.  She has over 13 years experience in the Health and Education sectors, most recently in Clinical Psychology. Karina has worked in both in- and outpatient public health settings, as well as private practice and has developed strong clinical diagnostic skills. Karina has worked in research and education, contributing towards research in ‘positive psychology’, including the benefits of extracurricular activity participation to wellbeing for adolescents in Perth.

Karina offers therapy for a broad range of psychological and emotional issues, with a special interest in life-stage and identity issues.  Karina has experience treating depression, anxiety, panic, worry and stress, adjustment, coping with chronic illness, pain management, emotional regulation, trauma, and interpersonal problems. Karina is warm and empathetic and would love to help you develop mental wellbeing and foster your self-discovery.

Andrew Meyer

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Andrew Meyer

Psychologist

Andrew Meyer is a Registered Psychologist who is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Andrew is experienced in working with adolescents and adults in the areas of depression, anxiety, and stress related issues, addictions (substances, gambling and alcohol), grief and loss, self-esteem, confidence building, sexuality and relationship difficulties.

He has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Narrative Therapy. Andrew works with a strengths-based approach and helps consolidate clients build upon and improve areas such as communication, conflict resolution, anger management and relationship issues. Andrew believes that creating positive client relationships, rapport and trust are the key to a safe and effective therapeutic journey for his clients.

Clinical experience and background

Andrew obtained his Psychology qualification through Curtin University of Technology. He has experience working in private practice and a background as a Registered Psychologist with corrective services running offender focused rehabilitation programs both within the prison context and within the community, to co-facilitate in psycho-educational, emotion-focused and therapeutic and rehabilitation-based programs.

His approach to therapy is to create curiosity, openness and motivation with his clients. Andrew believes these components are highly effective in reaching treatment goals and helping people to return to their desired self. Andrew’s aim is to treat everyone he works with, with respect, dignity and in a non-judgmental way. He has a wide range of experience working primarily with adult and adolescent clients with a broad range of presenting issues.

Lina Cala

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Lina Cala

Clinical Psychologist

Lina is a registered Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Australian Clinical Psychologists Association.

Lina is experienced in working with children, adolescents, adults and couples. Lina’s therapeutic style is client centred, holistic and compassionate and works collaboratively with clients to reach therapy goals using evidence-based approaches such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, imagery rescripting and reprocessing, EMDR and psychodynamic principles. She has a special interest in compassion-focused therapy, and has conducted research on enhancing mindfulness with self-compassion.

Clinical Experience and Background

Lina has completed her Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Psychology and has over 20 years’ experience in the Health industry, most recently in inpatient and outpatient public health services and private practice, with qualifications obtained as both a Registered Nurse in her early career, and currently as a Clinical Psychologist.

Lina offers therapy for a broad range of psychological, emotional and life change issues, including all forms of depression, anxiety, worry and stress, difficulties with emotion regulation, trauma, and interpersonal problems. Using a non-judgmental approach, Lina works with clients to diminish distressing symptoms, shift unhelpful life patterns, and find meaning in their experience.

Mary Collura-Oldham

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Mary Collura-Oldham

Psychologist

Mary is a Registered Psychologist with over 16 years’ experience in psychological practice.  She works with individuals, couples and families.  In her earlier career she worked within the public sector in a range of roles including human resources, industrial relations and policy development. After completing her Masters she worked for Relationships Australia before moving into private practice.  She now divides her time between her psychological counselling practice and contract assessment work within the public sector.

Mary adopts a range of treatment interventions depending on the client’s needs – including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Relaxation techniques and other psychotherapeutic approaches. 

She fosters a respectful and compassionate therapeutic space for clients to explore and develop deeper insight and awareness of their own process.  Through this practice of deeper reflection and self-examination, clients are afforded simple opportunities to cultivate and foster more authentic and meaningful lives and relationships for themselves.  Clients often find, that this approach in turn helps engender a greater sense of peace, well-being and acceptance both of self and others. 

Elisa Porter

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Elisa Porter

Psychologist

Elisa is a registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. Elisa is passionate about working with a range of mental health issues experienced by children, adolescents and adults. These include anxiety, depression, phobias, relationship challenges, adjustment issues, challenges with family dynamics, post-natal difficulties, parenting issues, distress associated with chronic pain conditions, work related stress, and communication issues. 

She has experience working with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, work related stress, auditory hallucinations and schizophrenia, challenges with daily living skills associated with intellectual disability, adjustment issues, relationship difficulties, attachment issues and trauma associated with neglect.

Elisa uses an integrative approach to meet clients' needs. She has training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing, mindfulness, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), brief solution focused therapy, and behaviourist therapy models. She also has interests in schema therapy and psychodynamic models. Elisa seeks to create a therapeutic space which is warm, engaging, respectful, trusting and collaborative. She seeks to help and inspire clients to reflect on their experiences and to make changes which will improve their overall well being, relationships with others, and meaningful engagement in life.

Clinical experience and background

Elisa completed her Masters of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) in 2018 at Murdoch University, obtained a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology in 2010 and Diploma of Education (School Psychology) in 2011 from The University of Western Australia. She has previously worked as a school psychologist, in youth counselling and in adult mental health. While most of her work has focused on individual sessions and inter-agency liaison work, she has also hosted workshops for parents using the Triple P parenting framework, workshops for staff, and has co-facilitated dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) group sessions for adults with borderline personality disorder.

Elisa's research interests include childhood obesity, perinatal depression and parent-child attachment. Most recently, her research has focused on factors contributing to maternal perinatal depression and anxiety and how this affects young children's social and emotional development. 

Kelly Murphy

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Kelly Murphy

Psychologist

Kelly is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Kelly has worked in the field of childhood development, mental healthcare, counselling, education, developmental psychology, research and therapy for 17 years. Kelly is experienced in working with children, teens, adults and couples struggling with stresses that impact developing and maintaining healthy and meaningful relationships at home, in the community and the workplace. She also specialises in working with parents and other family members to assist children with attachment issues learning difficulties and challenging behaviours.

Kelly has extensive knowledge and experience in cognitive and neurodevelopment assessment and offers evidence-based interventions. Kelly tailors psychological therapy to meet the needs of clients who are experiencing stressful life transitions, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, grief and loss. She has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Relaxation and Mindfulness practices; Solutions Focused Therapy (SFBT); Family Systems therapy and Triple P Parenting Stepping Stones program.

Clinical experience and background

Kelly completed her undergraduate psychology degree at Edith Cowan University and received an Honours degree in Psychology from James Cook University in Queensland. Kelly then completed a Master of Applied Psychology in Educational and Developmental Psychology with a Graduate Diploma in Education (coursework and practicums) at the University of Western Australia.

Kelly is a passionate advocate for the strength and resilience of the human brain, that throughout our lives our brains continue to rewire and change when we apply ourselves to learning and practicing new functional ways of seeing and experiencing the world. Kelly’s approach to therapy is person centred, and she works alongside clients to promote a shared responsibility for trust in the therapeutic process empowering them to create meaningful, lasting change for themselves. Kelly assists her clients to feel safe and nurtured, trusting in the confidential nature of what they share, respecting and admiring their strong act of courage and humility displayed by clients taking steps towards change.

Aleeza Morris-Lynch

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Aleeza Morris-Lynch

Clinical Psychologist

Aleeza Morris-Lynch is a Clinical Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Aleeza works with adults and adolescents in the areas of anxiety, mood disorders (includes depression), trauma and stressor-related disorders, adjustment issues, grief and loss, substance use and addictive behaviours, and chronic disease and pain management.  She is especially interested in the management of anxiety disorders and eating disorders, and schema-focused work (Schema Therapy). She is currently undertaking specialised (ISST) training towards Schema Therapy accreditation. 

She has undertaken training in various evidence-based psychological treatment approaches including: Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (includes Mindfulness), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. Aleeza can undertake formal psychological assessments for the determination of cognitive functioning and assist clients presenting WorkCover and Insurance Commission of WA claims.  She is eligible to provide clinical psychology services under Medicare.

Clinical experience and background

Aleeza completed her undergraduate and postgraduate psychology training at Edith Cowan University. After obtaining general registration, she completed a two-year Board approved registrar program in Clinical Psychology. Aleeza is committed to continuing professional development and ethical practice.  Aleeza has worked for the past four years in private practice, assisting clients across the lifespan with a range of presenting problems. Aleeza has experience treating relationship and family issues, managing childhood behavioural problems, and assisting clients with personality dysfunction.

Valentina Ukich

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Valentina Ukich

Psychologist

Valentina Ukich is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Valentina is experienced in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in the areas of anxiety, depression and mood disorders, fertility, pregnancy and parenting, sexual identity, relationship, marital and family (working with individuals, couples and/or family groups), drug, alcohol and other dependencies, grief, trauma and loss, workplace issues, work/life balance, stress, health and lifestyle.

She has been trained in several evidence based therapeutic techniques including CBT, interpersonal therapy, solution focused brief therapy, family systems therapy, narrative and mindfulness approaches. She tailors counselling to the personality and needs of the client in a non-judgmental and supportive way.

Clinical experience and background

Valentina obtained her Psychology qualification through Curtin University of Technology and has over 15 years of experience working with people in various Community Based organisations and for the last 7 years in Private Practice working with children, adults, couples and families. Coming from a former Yugoslav background she is particularly tuned to the role of culture in communication and relationships and uses this in the therapy space to explore personal values and beliefs systems. Her personal style is towards collaborative approaches that inspire curiosity, hope and empower change.

Valentina is also fluent in Croatian, Serbian & Bosnian languages.